Archive for the ‘flora & fauna’ Category


an open letter to my dog

8 April 2010

Whyfore have you decided, at the ripe old age of 6, to start stealing stuff and eating it when you ain’t never done that before?

And seriously? Who eats a box of dryer sheets?? What about that seemed appetizing to you? You didn’t eat the sheets, just the box. Scented cardboard is now your idea of a delicacy? The garlic bread I could understand. But why unwrap my candy thermometer? Do you have a secret taffy-making plan of which I am unaware? And chewing up the Prof’s basketball tickets was just mean.

Straighten up and fly right, or you may find that you are an outdoor-only dog. I’m not foolin’. Don’t test me.


Finished: mandu wrapper

2 September 2009


Pattern: my own

Yarn: Zen String Serendipity (less than 1/2 skein used)

Needles: Knit Picks Harmony DPNs, US 2


Isn’t she the cutest model I’ve ever had? I never thought I’d knit a dog sweater, but Mandu has changed my mind. I’m thinking argyle. I’m thinking intarsia paw prints. I’m thinking…I can knit anything for eight inches.

ManduSweater3I’ve been knitting up a storm (sweaters, a beaded lace shrug, dishcloths, a blanket), but no time to photograph! I’ll try to fix that this weekend, when my crack photo team visits.

And just for fun, here’s the photo my father sent when I asked for measurements so I could knit to fit:



bad blog backlog

24 August 2008

It’s quite a dilemma; when doing interesting things, one rarely wants to stop to blog about them, but these are exactly the kinds of things that might be good material for the blog! So, a quick update:

1. I finished the Teosinte socks.

(the raveled notes)

(Yes, that blinding white bit in the lower right corner is indeed my leg. That is about as tan as I get.) I loved this pattern because it came in three sizes and had very nice instructions for short-row heels and toes, and because my husband gave it to me for my birthday. Very nice!

2. I finished the Mi Yuk Guk (Korean Birthday Soup) socks.

(raveled version)

This is really my favorite use for Noro yarn of any kind, and who doesn’t love a striped sock? This jogless stripe technique was really fun to learn. Best of all for my frugal heart, I get double the milage out of my costly Kureyon; there’s plenty left in both skeins for another pair. I hope my stepmother likes them, although I do realize the impracticality of wool socks in August…

3. The Professor and I went to the Indiana state fair! We bought maple sugar candy, we saw lots of lovely needlework of all kinds (sadly unphotographed; I was too busy enjoying), and we saw many wonderful examples of horticulture:

The professor enjoyed the lumberjack show:

which included axe throwing, tree climbing, and my favorite part, a log roll:

There were many animals of every shape and size:

This sheep got to wear a special jacket that says “2007 Ohio State Fair Champion.” Just like the Olympic athletes, only in sheep form:

My only regret? We didn’t eat any funnel cake. 

4. Yesterday, I went to Stitches Midwest. More on that tomorrow…


help a homeless hippo

16 August 2008

As seen at a Smyrna, TN Starbucks. I hope that the hippo has been safely returned, but I fear the worst.


run lara run

27 July 2008

Thanks for the comments on the afghan! I am excited to be close to the finish line on this project. Speaking of finish lines, the Professor and I decided to run a local 5K race that will be held in October. So, I started a new running plan, and I’ve just finished the first week! I’m really enjoying myself so far. The Prof is amazing; he ran about 4 miles yesterday.

Since the new house doesn’t have carpeting, we bought our dog a new bed. It has a removable, washable cover (which I like) and a cushy, comfy mattress inside (which the dog likes, as you can see):

It also has his name monogrammed on it. Awww…



2 June 2008

Tonight’s dinner: Short Pasta with Asparagus, Garlic, Lemon & Parsley from Forever Summer by Nigella Lawson.


Our lavender plant:

Tomorrow I’ll harvest some of the leaves and blossoms to make lavender sugar.

The must-have cardigan fronts, a bit more than halfway to the armscyes:

I’m making slow progress on these, since it’s been a bit too warm to knit wool except early in the mornings. I like knitting both at once, and as you see, I’ve pinned them together. This helps most in the early stages of setting the pattern; now I suppose I could separate them again.

Blanket update: 25% complete!

This project has been slow going, mostly because I am weaving in the ends as I go. Each square produces a minimum of  10 ends (more if I have to switch skeins mid-stripe), meaning that if I waited until the end to weave them in, I would have 480 to do at once! Much better for my sanity to do them as I go, but it does prolong the process.

Now that I have a few more squares to play with, I’ve been toying with different configurations. I can see three obvious possibilities:

Arrangement #1: On Point

Pros: I like how the squares look like flowers opening up; I wouldn’t have to knit as many squares (!!)

Cons: I would have to knit some sort of setting triangles before I could add a border.

Arrangement #2: Plain and Simple

Pros: Very easy to seam and border.

Cons: I’m not sure I like the look; it’s sort of dull.

Arrangement #3: Window Boxes (or, The Original Plan)

Pros: I love the look; this way really plays up the tonal variations and looks much more dimensional.

Cons: I don’t have enough of the lighter blue color to make a border, so I’d have to either buy more or use another color (which I don’t think would look as good).

Readers, if you’re out there, let me know your opinion; what do you think I should do?

I’ll leave you with a gratuitous dog photo. He’s such a good model!